Underwater, this is the cathedral

sea. Diving, our bubbles rise

as prayers are said to do, and burst

into our natural atmosphere —-

occupying, from this perspective, 

the position of heaven.


The ceiling is silver, and the air

deep green translucency. The worshippers

pray quietly, wave their fins.
You can see the color of their prayer

deep within their throats: scarlet, some,

and some, fine scaled vermilion;

excerpt: The Diver, by Michael Schmidt

8x8 inches oil on 1.5 inch cradled wood panelframed with gilded floater frame
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Dec 2 - Diver

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